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#293294 Forum Members Singing

Posted SuperSecretBoyband on 18 February 2014 - 01:48 AM

My cover of On My Own



#292923 Rent Tour?

Posted DrP on 14 February 2014 - 01:44 PM

At least Caprice isn't in it.


#292764 Rent Tour?

Posted Southstreet on 13 February 2014 - 12:08 PM

Not too fussed about Rory’s looks, think Roger can look many different ways, but even though he sang it well enough, his performance was completely devoid of any emotion when I saw it last year in Hackney and then end of the year in Wimbledon.

My biggest gripe with the production is the sound in general, it just didn’t have any oooompf, for want of a better word. It didn’t feel rock-ey at all, sounded like someone was playing rock music on their cheap keyboard in their living room. I also felt that in both legs of the tour (which I know is marketed as Rent in CONCERT), the lines between concert performance and actual acting performance were quite blurred, with the staging being pretty much complete (there isn’t much for Rent anyway) and some people acting the role fully, whereas others seemed to take more of a concert approach, just hitting their blocking when needed. But maybe the ones I thought were doing that were trying to act it full out and are just bad actors. With Rory I think that might well have been the case.

It’s a shame, I love Rent and was bitterly disappointed with that production when I went to Hackney last year, the only reason I went to see the other leg of the tour in Wimbledon is because I managed to get a reduced price ticket and wanted to see Rachel John as Mimi.


#291124 Grease 2 At The Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue

Posted Zinone on 30 January 2014 - 11:47 AM

This was absolutely fantastic. Something I never thought I'd see, and put together so very well. Some brilliant extra flourishes too, like a new 'Who's That Girl' for Michael to sing upon meeting Stephanie, and elements of 'Cool Rider' incorporated into (the Act I finale) 'Who's That Guy'. I think that's right anyway, I was in various states of delirium-induced coma throughout.


#290267 Kinky Boots

Posted seanmcdona on 23 January 2014 - 12:11 PM

looks like theres just the year to wait http://blog.musicalt...-next-year.html


#290282 Kinky Boots

Posted PriscillaCraze on 23 January 2014 - 01:18 PM

It's official, Kinky Boots is coming to London in 2015, best news EVER!! http://blog.musicalt...-next-year.html


#287141 American Psycho

Posted Deal J on 18 December 2013 - 04:19 PM

I really, really hope so!


#287016 American Psycho

Posted Carlos on 16 December 2013 - 06:52 PM

This really worked for me. It felt like a ride into the thick-wooded jungle of contemporary capitalism, which makes people disconnect from fellow human beings as they are too hypnotised by consumerism. Fashion, fads, crazes, the need to be cool and ahead of everyone (or exactly like everybody else) seem to drive modern man into a strange state of mind, where feelings and concern for other people are somehow anesthetised, while obsessive pursuit of money and pleasure drives society relentlessly on. That's what this frantically paced production, which bombards your senses with images, references and sounds, conveyed to me. I thought the acting was first rate, especially Ben Aldridge, Susannah Fielding and Matt Smith. I'm not sure Matt Smith can't sing - he sounded fine to me -, but frankly I don’t think it would have mattered much to me even if he croaked his notes. I think he's a tremendous actor that could prove difficult to replace as, without him, the show might lose some of its sense of despair (duly emphasised by the words “abandon all hope ye who enter here”). He had something in his eyes and gestures that engendered fear and compassion at the same time. I felt a sense of alienation and loneliness in his Bateman that I actually find hard to explain. And I found myself closely connected to the words he sang. That's for me what I expect from singers in a musical. For my taste this was the best new musical I saw this year, followed probably by Once.


#284568 Film Versions Of Stage Musicals

Posted Anthony on 22 November 2013 - 01:00 PM

I found this recent article. Makes for some interesting reading- some of which we already know and other not.

http://www.imdb.com/list/KDlCik71_ZQ/


#285976 American Psycho

Posted Nicholas on 06 December 2013 - 02:05 AM

View PostParsley, on 05 December 2013 - 11:36 PM, said:

Is it suitable for young persons?

No.  No.  No.  I’m a Doctor Who fan but there were moments where I could imagine myself as a ten year old girl madly in love with that zany man off the telly watching him do things to women, men and teddy bears and bursting into tears.  It’s not explicit but it is adult and frankly a lot would go over a young person’s head.

One of my first thoughts in the interval was "Come press night, this will have some absolutely stinking reviews".  I can read Quentin Letts’ one star (two if generous) review already.  People walked out.  In the interval what looked like the father of two fangirls said "That first half seemed like three hours".  It’s going to be divisive.

I, however, loved it.  Matt Smith is great – yes, some notes weren’t fantastic but I found that easier to buy into than a pitch perfect Patrick Bateman and in every other way he was offputting and disconcerting and odd and compelling and incredible.  Frankly the weird shape of his head gives enough to the role (look at those ears – he’s clearly Adam Godley’s bastard child) but he is a fine fine actor and absolutely nailed it.  From the second he came on stage like that I knew we were in for a treat – a treat others wouldn’t like but a funky and unusual treat.  He really is a superb actor and frankly a superb enough singer.

As for the play, I’m unfamiliar with the source but I (and a few others, judging by the few but loud laughs this got) found it absolutely hilarious.  The music works because it’s utterly ludicrous – the line about there being nothing ironic about their love of Manolo Blahnik just made me laugh typing it.  It’s a flippant take on a flippant idea.  As a genre of music (very 80s synth Giorgio Morodor-style) it’s not something I’m familiar with or listen to for pleasure but I thought they were good tunes – not catchy (though some are stuck in my head) but not meant to be, they suited the show.  Harmonies and rhythms that did something just off what you'd expect which made you never calm.  It’s a rollicking romp and it’s hilarious and it’s dark but not in a profound way and I loved every second of it.  In years to come, it must be admitted, we won’t be talking about this in hallowed tones and after The Scottsboro Boys this isn’t exactly the most complicated dark affecting musical I’ve seen.  It is not as a piece of art a five star show.  However, as a satire and piece of entertainment it’s the best in London.  I do love some dark satire and if anyone else does they should see it.  I want to see it again – not because it’s hugely affecting and the best show I’ll see this year but because I had so much damn fun watching it.  I genuinely can’t think of another way to say it.  I’ve seen shows I would call lovely this year and this most certainly is not one – there are scenes that were as unlovely as a musical starring Doctor Who can be.  But I LOVED it.  Whatever is wrong with it (and at least one person here will absolutely hate it, so tell me all its faults) I couldn’t see.  So much fun, absolutely raucous entertainment.  Admittedly for a sick type of humour – there’s one scene in a club where there’s a cut which is there for exaggerated shock value where about three people (including myself) laughed and many more gasped – but there were probably under ten percent of the audience who laughed at these dark bits and I’m happy to say I was one of them.  Not everyone’s cup of tea but absolutely mine.  I LOVED IT.


#285698 'The Musicals' - New Channel 4 Documentary

Posted BurlyBeaR on 04 December 2013 - 01:18 PM

He reminded me of Andrew Stone from Pineapple :0/


#285640 'The Musicals' - New Channel 4 Documentary

Posted BurlyBeaR on 03 December 2013 - 11:00 PM

All very luvvie-wuvvie tonight. Funny and quite sweet. It's been an enjoyable series.


#285017 American Psycho

Posted jaqs on 27 November 2013 - 03:56 PM

Tuesday. I'm going on Thursday I'm kind of excited but apprehensive at the same time.


#283081 Sweeney Todd - Wyp & Royal Exchange

Posted Monteverdi on 05 November 2013 - 11:49 PM

This has moved and been restaged beautifully for the Royal Exchange, and has gained in sheer claustrophobic tension.  The cast have an awful lot of fast running in an out of doors to suggest different locations. The lack of anywhere to drop down the bodies has forced some creative staging that works rather well. It is still a masterful production of a true masterpiece, and the whole cast and band and crew are stunning, but oh my Sweeney is magnificent, especially his laugh when he realises Mrs L's plan. And Little Priest is gloriously bawdy, as it should be. I've seen so many limply sexual productions, but this finally shows what drives Mrs L. Do not miss it.


#282567 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Posted Alf on 01 November 2013 - 11:29 AM

They've released some seats already for the London run with the promo code 'ROBERT' - I still can't help but wince at prices for musicals nowadays.

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